Drummer Gerald Cleaver continues his explorations in electronic music, taking his compositions of modular electronics, synthesis, FM tones, and muted drum machines into intricate and wide-ranging territory, compelling through the solid and natural rhythms he imparts to each piece, many of which are titled for musicians who have influenced him.
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Label: 577 Records
Catalog ID: CD-PEREC-004
Squidco Product Code: 30369
Recorded in Brooklyn, New York. in 2020.
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"Gerald Cleaver (born May 4, 1963) is an African-American jazz drummer from Detroit, Michigan. Cleaver's father is drummer John Cleaver Jr., originally from Springfield, Ohio, and his mother was from Greenwood, Mississippi. Gerald had six older siblings. Cleaver joined the jazz faculty at the University of Michigan in 1995. He has performed or recorded with Joe Morris, Mat Maneri, Roscoe Mitchell, Miroslav Vitous, Michael Formanek, Tomasz Sta ko, Franck Amsallem and others.
Under the name Veil of Names, Cleaver released an album called Adjust on the Fresh Sounds New Talent label in 2001. It featured Maneri, Ben Monder, Andrew Bishop, Craig Taborn and Reid Anderson and was a Best Debut Recording Nominee by the Jazz Journalists Association. Cleaver currently leads the groups Uncle June, Black Host, Violet Hour and NiMbNl as well as working as a sideman with many different artists."-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerald_Cleaver_(musician))
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1. Cooper-Moore 5:19
2. Bond 5:35
3. Virelles (featuring David Virelles) 8:13
4. Remembrances (for Mom) 5:08
5. Tribe 5:09
6. Victor Lewis 5:01
7. Geri Allen 5:18
8. Galaxy Faruq (for Faruq Z. Bey) 6:28
9. William Parker 4:45
10. Akinmusire (featuring Ambrose Akinmusire) 5:27
11. Buena Vista 4:40
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"Expanding on 2020's Signs, his electronic debut, Griots see Cleaver diving further into the spider's web of modular electronics, further exploring the electronic history of his Detroit roots. Combining his unique talent for composition with a curious ear for the unpredictable, Cleaver delivers another outstandingly dense and sprawling LP for a split release by Brooklyn-based Positive Elevation and Belgium's Meakusma.
Sonically, the LP takes in a wide range of ideas and influences, blending them in a flurry of unruly synthesis, FM tones, and muted drum machines. From the growling experimentation of opening track and lead single 'Cooper-Moore' to the glitchy 8-bit nods of the second single 'Galaxy Faruq', through to closing track 'Buena Vista', unusual scales, modes, and meters reign supreme across 'Griots', making for a thrilling, engaging, and challenging listen.
Born and raised in Detroit, Gerald Cleaver is a product of the Motor City's rich musical history. Wildly prolific, Cleaver has performed and recorded with a wide variety of artists, including Tommy Flanagan, Daniel Carter, Bill Frisell and more, chalking up a commendable discography throughout a career nearing twenty years."-Positive Elevation
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